The Ruyton Reporter - Spring 2014 - page 4

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Dem Bones
At Ruyton Early Learning we were fortunate to have a third year student
teacher, Ms Hannah Mountford, working with us. As part of an inquiry-based
learning project with the Kindergarten children Hannah observed them at
dramatic play, during which time she noted their interest in the human body
and how it worked. She extended this interest as the children became
researchers of the human body through the use of technology (iPads and their
applications), literacy (using books) and art and craft (making a class skeleton
from a salt-dough plaster.) They also studied x-rays and a model skeleton
brought in by one of our parents. The children learnt the names of different
bones and this learning was established through the song many of us will
remember,
Dem Bones.
This multifaceted learning journey is a vivid example
of children learning through exploration and discovery in a supportive
and enriching environment. It reflects our commitment to the Reggio
Emilia philosophy where children are seen as researchers and contributors of
their learning.
Ms Karina Buttler,
Director of Early learning
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Seeing Stars
During the Co-Ed Pre Prep circle meeting times Co-Educator Miss Kathryn
Bertram noted a particular interest the children had in the stars and the
planets and transformed this into an Inquiry-based experience. The
children were taken to the School library where they conducted research
into their interest by borrowing books, watching videos on iPads guided
by educators, as well as using iPads to ask questions. Kathryn sat with
the children and discussed the names of the planets, the order in which
they fall and what role each planet has in the solar system. The children
then made a diorama of their own solar system, using recycled materials
and papier mâché, with the final products displayed in the Pre Prep
playroom. Further intentional teaching to result from this project was
the exploration of fine motor skills as the children drew what they
imagined the planets would look like. Kathryn and Miss Grace Doutch
provided the scaffolding the children required in their personalised
learning, supporting them to copy the names of the planets, or to draw
their outlines, depending at which stage the children were. This ‘lending
of a skill’ ensures that the young children can fully explore and research
the area of interest and are not limited by their lack of experience.
Ms Karina Buttler,
Director Early Learning
What do you know about space?
Hannah
‘there are stars, moon, planets and
the earth, they all float because there is no gravity
in space. But if there was no gravity they would
fall down very quickly.’
Eylul
‘there are
stars in space
and space rockets
in space and
shooting stars.’
Asha
‘the moon
lives in space.’
Charlotte
‘there’s
the planet that we
live on called earth.’
Rosie
‘and it lives
in space.’
Inquiry Based Learning
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